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i urge you to reject this. thank you. 20% of zero is still zero. >> my name is david, i am the director of research and planning at here in san francisco. i taught architecture for the past 25 years. i am here to oppose the appeal and fully support the approval of the eir. the plan provides a carefully considered a model for creating a vibrant, sustainable neighborhood. it is a well-conceived urban neighborhood project if we can't define what that means. the neighborhood's streets that are consistent with the better
speech plan, is an outstanding solution on many fronts in my opinion. for the current residence, and keeps half of the existing and departments and replaces the other half with new units. the existing unit is moved until hot and existing and one has been built to replace it. the open space and infrastructure without public funds, for the planet, it reduces curdling energy consumption, portable water use, and waste water by 60%. it is incredibly important for san francisco to keep making progress on the first acts of housing within the city limits. the amount of housing proposed and its carefully proposed a density is necessary to support a successful transit-oriented development. the plan provides a nice array
of housing for a diverse population of current and future residents including young professionals, family with children, seniors, and students. i urge the board to reject this appeal and uphold [chime] >> i am a native san franciscan and a resident of district 10. i am a graduate of high-school and i am very familiar with the neighborhood. this is bringing it closer to residents. socially vibrant neighborhoods, a pedestrian focus, modern homes, and healthy neighborhoods. the aging buildings, outdated designs, people afraid of not looking at the big picture and
how it positively attraction growth. he has been a battle cry for identification for community activists. it is important to be careful to express opposition to change the displacement for much-needed projects moving forward. this dramatically improves san francisco and the services for the residents, with the neighbors, and the community as a whole. i asked you to support the project. president chiu: let me ask if there are any members of the public to speak of support -- in support of the project. >> my name is helen thomas, and i have lived there 38 years with my husband that spoke earlier. i must say, i am all for the
project. i think we have to look a little bit down the road and be willing to change. they definitely need some changing in the garden apartments. thank you. >> the evening, president chiu. manny flores. it has been a long night with a lot of good points and good presentations. i never thought i would see the day that big development would come to the west side. i grew up in that area. it is all about downtown, down town. how about the west side? it is a good, strong possibility. that is for the approval,
please vote on this. i appreciate your time tonight. president chiu: are there any other members of the public the list to speak on behalf of the project sponsor? let us hear from the appellants that have up to six minutes to present. you will use the time as you see fit. sure. we typically do not do soft warnings. if you could speak into the microphone. >> i am going back into the overhead. you have already seen this slide. one of the biggest deficiencies is that it does not consider the initial spike of greenhouse gases in the project. any climate scientist these days will tell you, they're screaming
to the rooftops, then getting lower carbon emissions 30 or 40 or 50 years from now is not soon enough and over the next decade, you have to have an extreme decrease. along those lines, this is a completely inadequate eir. this one considers, by the way, new homes versus existing homes. what the eir doesn't consider is the landscape being demolished and rebuilt. when you disturb soil to get rid of the landscape and put a new landscape in place, a lot of people don't know how the soil oxidizes and there is a huge amount of biological activity so that you get in n.y. -- a massive increase in the first part of your project.
the reason there are questions on this page, the lansky releases greenhouse gases and is nowhere in the eir. that is why these are all question marked. we talked about this before. you add another 6000-8000 cars. it becomes ridiculous. i almost throw "you've got to be kidding me." you can have lower carbon emissions when you add this many parking spaces to a development. what we need instead is to have something like this, a scaled- down on demolished an alternative that uses gradual landscaping changes that are based on culture and carbon farming. using those techniques and retrofitting the old buildings that is what many people in this
movement will tell you is the gold standard for greenhouse gas emissions, that is what could get us to the good of greenhouse gas profile. there is no alternative like that in the eir. in regard to the parking that was brought up, you can get the federal government to throw a bunch of money at you and go for transit density, but the reality is, if you take that money and build one to one parking, what anybody in the environmental movement will tell you, if you widen the freeway or put in a parking spot, it will get filled up. you can build of the greatest transit center in the universe. it is a ridiculous use of the space and it is bad for greenhouse gas emissions. this needs to be sent back to the factory, and it needs a
scaled-down alternative that uses a lot less parking. >> the promise that there will be rent control is inextricably linked to the eir. the demolition of garden apartments is not an impact. that is why a they can find that there is no displacement in this project. it is not opening an environmental review sometime down the road where they find this is no good.
>> i will give a very short brief. can you consider the rent- controlled development agreement? it cannot be relied upon because it is essentially even the people the support it say it is cutting edge. what you do in a situation like this, the sacramento city association, what that says, if you can't be sure that a measure is going to work, you have to identify that as significant and undergoing an impact. you can say you have mitigated [unintelligible] a has not identified the displacement that may well
happen and cannot be relied upon to be mitigated. i would ask you to grant the appeals and to reject this eir because it is inadequate. >> it requires resources for mitigation of the project. as a percentage, it can tell you the time, occurrence, and economic opportunity that would be applied to the eir. they did not consider the economic opportunity. the developer was not provided with adequate variety. [chime] that needs to be understood. president chiu: any final
questions to the representatives of the appellants? ok. any further conversation? at this time, item 26 has been held and closed. items 27 through 29 are in the hands of the board. there are a number of questions that people have to city staff? supervisor campos: think you very much, mr. president. the parties involved in this appeal beginning with the appellants and the proponents of the project, thank you to the staff and the mta for their work that has been intimately involved. i seriously want to thank the residents of park merced that
have come out and stood, waited for many hours today and many days. i want to thank you for your comments and your thoughts. i know is a very important issue. i have to say that for me, there is still a question that remains that has to do with the impact of potential loss of rent- controlled housing. i understand that there are differences of opinion with respect to that issue. i am still puzzled as to whether or not we have all of the information that needs to be had to make an informed decision here. i think that something as
important as this project requires that we have as much information as we can. with that in mind, i think that it might be beneficial to everyone involved if we give ourselves some time to consider some of the issues that are involved including some of the legal questions that may require that we, as a board collectively discuss those matters in closed session. with that, i will make a motion to continue this item for two months to give us sufficient time. the next meeting in may will be the meeting of may 31. president chiu: there is no
meeting on may 31. supervisor campos: than the meeting of june 7. sorry, june -- president chiu: i know we are about to launch into budget season. my suggestion is that if we can do it late may. madam clerk has proposed may 24. how does that look on the calendar? it's currently clear. supervise a capmos -- supervisor campos is making a motion to table this item. is there a second? the motion is to continue -- of
pay. the motion would be to continue items 27, 28, at 29 to the twenty fourth of may. seconded by supervisor elsbernd. >> we will still be in our budget season in may. just about -- just a warning for folks. >> there are a lot of legal issues that are underlying this. what i will do is i will calendar a closed session for the board to discuss with the city attorney's office some of the issues that underpinned the decision that we are about to make. unless there is any discussion, will we take that without objection? we will continue these items to the fourth of may.
the latest exhibition lists clearness as a set of political alliances and possibilities that it is behind the sphere of dominant gay and lesbian culture. the curator fills us in on the process of creating this thoughtful exhibition. and what she would like you to take away from it. >> i co-cureated with danny, a chicago-based writer and curator. the conceptual framework is what it means to be clear and radical for our generation. clearness as a set of political alliances and possibilities, not necessarily related to institutions of gender and swam formativity. danny and i wanted the show to feel funky and to have a really tangible quality to it.
so part of that was incorporated handmade objects and installations and beautifully printed photographs and videos. there is also a lot of opportunities to participate and to take postcards or to get the photo taken or sit within a tent made out of afghan blankets to watch videos. the exhibition is organized in three distinct galleries. in gallery one, which is the gallery designated to clear activism, there is an installation by the oakland-based collaboration and it's called "unleashed power." it's all focused on one protest that happened in chicago in 1991 with the activist organization act up, which was protesting the inadequate health care for people living in aids, and specifically it
focuses on an act of police violence that occurred at that protest. the thing that is really interesting for me about that piece is that it brings us back 20 years to what clear activism looked like at the height of the aids crisis. gallery two features work that is related to intentionally communities that exist both within cities, also in rural spaces, and transient communities as well. the return features a no madic clear tribe, the people who join this tribe are often in various states of transition themselves, whether it's leaving behind previous gender assignments or corporate jobs or a life within cities. a lot of the work featured in the exhibition and a lot of the installations are handmade objects.
there is a lot of do-it-yourself aesthetic and that handmade do-it-yourself feeling is something that mimics the idea and the reality of the alternative world making that we're trying to represent here as far as the self-sufficient community goes. gallery three features work that relates to the ideas of self-determinenism, alternative world making and utopia. visits can still participate in this -- visitors can still participate in this project. during the opening, we invite visitors to come in and try on these costumes, pose in front of the backdrop. he was really inspired by comic books that he read as growing up and thinks of this space as a post-apocalyptic monster
portrait gallery where people can remain genderless once they put on the costumes. we think it's important that this be happening in san francisco, which is considered an ekpe center of the queer actual cure. the majority of the queer cultural events happen in june which has been designated as the pride month. which to me translates as the period of time in which people can be in clear arts and culture. in september, it's hashingening back to that and proving that this is something that is scon significantly happening all the time. what danny and i hope visitors take away from this exhibition is to observe the diversity within the designation of queer in terms of race, in terms of
artwork by five leading chicana artists that addresses a range of issues such as integration, sustainability, and integration. using a distinct visual approach, each of the artist's response to the shifting needs of their communities in ways that offer unique perspectives and multiple points of entry. >> the exhibition is to bring together the voices of a new generation chicana artists, all of whom reference the works of the civil-rights movement in their works, but they are also responding to a new cultural concerns and new cultural circumstances. >> the works in the show include a large canvas depicting a woman washing the beach with her hair at the u.s./mexican border. the painting encourages the viewer to engage with the current debates over immigration and the politics of women and labor. influenced by the campaigns of the chicano civil rights movement, this oakland artist is
a print maker whose work has helped and sustainability with the immigrant community as well as other current sociopolitical issues. this print-based work draws on appropriated agricultural worker manuals and high fashion labels to satirically address class issues, cultural identities, and consumerism. >> angelica -- her father was an agricultural worker, so she has drawn a lot from the materials the agricultural department sends to agricultural workers, referencing the depiction of farm workers and some of the information about pesticide application. >> mitzi combines a variety of media, including embroidery, to create artifacts of mexican,